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Major Gifts Manager

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The Dawes Arboretum
Newark, Ohio
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Salary Range
60,000 - 75,000
Job Description

Are you looking for a rewarding career fueled by purpose? Do you want to leave a lasting positive impact on your community? Then come be a part of our growing Advancement team at The Dawes Arboretum! We are actively recruiting for a full-time Major Gifts Manager.

Your purpose is to lead a skilled and dynamic team who is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with members and donors. You will champion our mission by identifying, cultivating, and strengthening relationships while presenting opportunities to invest in The Arboretum.

Some of the specific responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:

  • Plan and manage The Arboretum’s major giving and membership programs.
  • Identify, research and solicit major gift donor prospects.
  • Cultivate major gift prospects, investing the necessary time and energy to build relationships designed to understand the donor/prospect goals with the expressed purpose of alignment with The Arboretum’s mission and objectives.
  • Develop stewardship strategies that continue the major gift relationship for future gifts and planned giving opportunities.
  • Track and assess monthly, quarterly and/or annual major gift fundraising plans, donor solicitations identification, cultivation, campaigns and stewardship efforts.
  • Oversee and lead the donor services and membership program staff. Perform routine personnel functions for the purpose of maintaining adequate staffing, enhancing productivity and achieving objectives within budget.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and laws, maintain accountability standards to donors and ensure compliance with code of ethics principals and standards of professional conduct of fundraisers.


If the above speaks to you, please submit your cover letter and resume demonstrating the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, non-profit management, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years of experience in a non-profit advancement function; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 2 years of demonstrated leadership experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and interpersonal) with demonstrated orientation toward quality customer service.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and exceptional relationship building skills. Ability to influence, work pro-actively and effectively to build consensus among cross-functional teams and external partners.
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to work under pressure, balance competing priorities and consistently meet deadlines.
  • Innovative self-starter and problem solver with a propensity towards action.
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